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Onlookers stared at the cell phone sinking to the bottom of the fish tank with the certainty that all those stored contacts were lost and the memory circuits fried. It was time for someone to buy a new phone. Or was there hope? The aquarium appeared full of water, but the substance didn't act like water.

It's ANSUL SAPPHIRE clean agent suppression technology using 3M? NOVEC? 1230 Fire Protection Fluid - a fire suppressing fluid used in fixed special hazard fire suppression systems for areas like data rooms, control rooms and switch gears. It is intended to serve as a sustainable chemical-based clean agent alternative. The agent replaces Halon 1301 and first generation HFC and HCFC chemical based clean agents, according to Jon Carlisle, Engineered Systems Manager with ANSUL Incorporated.

Halon was developed in the late 1960's with the attributes of the perfect fire extinguishing agent for special hazard applications like electrical rooms and areas containing high value or irreplaceable assets. Early research sometimes proves that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. In 1989, Halon 1301 was identified as a harmful substance to the Earth's ozone layer. All production of Halon was banned by the U.S. EPA by 1994.

In response, ANSUL introduced its INERGEN? agent in 1992, offering the market an inert gas, clean agent alternative. Continuing pursuit of innovative fire solutions again pays off for ANSUL with the development of the SAPPHIRE suppression system. When discharged, the NOVEC? 1230 fluid becomes a gas that suppresses fire by two mechanisms. It breaks the chemical chain reaction and removes the heat leg of the fire triangle with its cooling effect.

NOVEC? 1230 fluid boasts its friendliness towards people and the environment with zero ozone depletion, low global warming potential, and a short atmospheric lifetime. The SAPPHIRE system design is customized for storage, actuation, distribution and discharge system components depending on the projected application, and it fights Class A, B and C fires.

"Industrial fire fighting would mainly be used in the control rooms for petrochemical and oil refineries, switch gear rooms and data processing centers that they may have." Carlisle said.?

With no residue left behind, the NOVEC? 1230 fluid does not affect sensitive electronics or high-value assets. Designed for fixed systems, the SAPPHIRE system floods the enclosed space to suppress the fire.

When selecting fire solution options, protecting the people within the building is crucial and saving valuable assets is next in line. The SAPPHIRE system addresses both of these concerns.

The SAPPHIRE system suppresses fires in electronic systems that cannot be shut down for emergency purposes and in situations when there is an issue for cleaning up other agents. Capable of automatic detection, the system puts itself into motion to suppress flames. Plus, remote manual actuation serves as an alternative as necessary.

Different emergency situations require different responses, so companies choose the most effective systems that meet their needs. Carlisle suggests that interested buyers do their homework and contact an expert for assistance.

After years in the market, ANSUL continues to develop innovative fire solutions aimed at protecting people, property and environment. ANSUL's development of the SAPPHIRE system with 3M NOVEC? 1230 fluid offers many benefits to companies that require a sophisticated system for protecting electric components and the people who monitor the equipment. For industry representatives who need more information, visit for an approved dealer of the SAPPHIRE clean agent system.


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